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Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Drunken Boaters

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Conservation officers are conducting an annual crackdown on drunken boaters this weekend.

Lt. Tim Coleman with the state Division of Natural Resources says the increased enforcement will occur on waterways across the state. Among them are two traditional problem areas - Summersville Lake and the Ohio River.

Officers will patrol the waters through Sunday looking for boaters whose blood-alcohol levels exceed the state limit of 0.08 percent.

The Coast Guard says recreational boating deaths jumped nationally last year to their highest levels since 1998. The leading contributing factor was boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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